Discrepancies between range maps on website and mobile app

Platform: iOS, Website
App version number: 2.8.7, build 558
Browser: Chrome

Description of problem: there is a discrepancy between the distributions when viewing the range maps on the iOS app and the website. For example in the attached screenshots for Petrosaurus thallasinus, the website shows the correct distribution, but the app shows sightings in Arizona and Germany. I can’t figure out if those are casual observations, something that has since been re-identified, or something else, but they are clearly incorrect. The fact that they’re showing up in the app but not the website is the main problem I’m pointing out here.

Those observations are casual due to being marked captive:

You can turn captive observations on for for the website, e.g.:

I don’t think you can turn captive observations off in the app though. So I’m not really sure it’s a bug, just maybe an unexpected design choice.


Yeah, I wasn’t sure if the bug reports forum was the best place to put it. Good to know what those observations are of, but it does seem to me like captive observations should be turned off in the app

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Yeah, it’s kind of a gray zone. You can resubmit as a feature request – “turn off captive observations by default in the app” or something like that.

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That’s a good idea. I’ll go ahead and do that.

Note that this associated feature request was resolved:

In 3.1, it still behaves this way. But I would think after tapping the map, we still should not see casual observations.

A bit late in the response here, but I absolutely agree that after clicking the map that casual observations should still not appear

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